Many years have passed since Queen Thirrin and her allies defended the Icemark against a brutal invasion. But now General Bellorum is back, along with his bloodthirsty spawn, twin sons even more vicious than him. Thirrin and Oskan also have a family: two girls and three boys. But darkness lurks within the House of Lindenshield: Medea, the couple's cold-hearted, fifteen-year-old daughter, who's just coming into her magical powers, may be the downfall of the kingdom. It's up to her brother, Charlemagne, crippled by polio as a child, to return from exile and rescue the land he loves.
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A huge (in every way) disappointment, this bloated sequel to Cry of the Icemark (2005) bogs down a tale terrific at its core in a mire of uninspired subplots, unnecessary explanations and predictable set pieces." - Kirkus.
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Stuart Hill was born in Leicester, in the East Midlands of England, where he
still lives today. His family heritage includes English, Irish, Romany and
Jewish blood. As a student his grades were average at best, but he was
fortunate to have a teacher who inspired in him a lifelong love of reading.
Since leaving school, he has worked as a teacher and an archaeologist, and now
balances life as both a bookseller and a writer.
The Cry of the Icemark is his first novel. When he was a teenager, Hill lost "the real Thirrin," his red-haired sister Kathleen, to leukemia. The story of the brave young warrior-queen who faces impossible dangers is dedicated to her. The Cry of the Icemark won the Ottakars Prize for the best new childrens novel - Ottakars is ...
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